Finally! Nike’s Kobe 11 will be available starting on Saturday (January 9).
As Kobe Bryant is about to retire after the 2015-16 NBA season, this Nike model could be his final signature sneaker.
On Nike’s official website, the company paid tribute to Bryant and compared him to Greek warrior Achilles, which was the inspiration behind the brand new Nike shoes.
“Like the ancient Greek warrior, Kobe was nearly invincible for most of his career. This collection recalls the superhuman effort that resulted in his injury- and his relentless drive that followed,” Nike wrote.
The Kobe 11 “Achilles Heel” features a graphic representation of the hero on the right heel, while the left features four-stitch marks representing the four feet of thread used in Bryant’s Achilles surgery in 2013.
Like other Nike’s signature sneakers, “Achilles Heel” buyers have the option to personally customize their sneakers using the website’s own customization program. One of them includes a gum outsole while two feature some sort of graphic on the Flyknit upper, Kicks On Fire wrote.
Coincidentally, Bryant debuted a Los Angeles Lakers-themed “Achilles Heel” in a game against Sacramento Kings Thursday night.
It is unclear whether or not Nike will consider the LA Lakers-themed colorway. But the snicker will be available in stock colors of university red, black, bright crimson and metallic gold and with a price tag of $200.
Kobe 11 ‘Achilles Heel’ will be available at Nike site and other selected retail stores.
Bryant played for LA Lakers for his entire career. He won five NBA championships and establishing himself as one of the game’s greatest scorers.